Welcome to Bright.Bazaar, my make-you-smile style corner of the internet. I’ve been sharing my love of beautiful design, feel-good homes, everyday style, inspiring travel and, pretty much everything in between, since 2009. As well as working as a content creator, I write interior design books and edit a bi-weekly e-newsletter called Smile Mail. I live in New York City with my heartmate and can often be found listening to Madonna’s Confessions album and dreaming up my next home renovation project.
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I’m excited to bring you the third instalment of Manvi’s Tablescape 101 column here on Bright.Bazaar. With Christmas day a little over a week away, her inspiration for throwing a festive dinner party couldn’t be more perfectly timed. I’ll be heading home to my Mum’s for Christmas so I’ll be keeping Manvi’s bold, graphic and stylish ideas in mind when I help her lay the Christmas table. Over to you, Manvi…
Seasons greetings, everyone! For this month’s look, I created a festive Christmas tablescape that complimented a gift and beverage station. I wanted to keep the feel modern, using colours such as fuscia, and magenta with mauve and pink hues, which lifted the traditional and masculine plaid tablecloth. I made the tablecloth out of woollen fabric; the medium weight of the woollen fabric works really well to add padding for stemware and dinner plates, which in turn helps to create a more tactile experience for guests. To bring a little formality to the occasion, I asked stationery designer Claudia of Fig2Design to help me with invitations, menu and place cards, with the calligraphy by Michele of Meant to be Calligraphy. I especially love how the place cards turned out!
As well as the tabletop, I styled a gift and drinks station using wreaths, ornaments filled with mini pine cones and mercury glass ornaments. The second wreath is handmade which helps to personalise the look. To make the paper wreath, I bought vintage plaid gift wrap, crafted cone shapes and stuck them on a round cardboard template with a hot glue gun. To finish, I added a little star that I cut out and then lined with white sequins in the centre. I made mini versions of this wreath to use as gift tags, to tie the wreath in with the gifts below. – Manvi